The Cambodian Prime Minister General Lon Nol arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday (July 22) for discussions with Thai leaders on possible military assistance from Thailand in the Indo-China war.
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LV&CU Lon Nol (left) on dais with Prime Minister Kittikachorn on rostrum
LV&CU Lon Nol inspects guard of honour (3 shots)
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Background: The Cambodian Prime Minister General Lon Nol arrived in Bangkok on Wednesday (July 22) for discussions with Thai leaders on possible military assistance from Thailand in the Indo-China war.
General Lon Nol, heading a 16-man delegation, was met at the airport by the Thai Prime Minister Field-Marshal Thanom Kittikachorn. Both countries were heavily represented by military chiefs.
It is the first official visit by a Cambodian Head of State for more than ten years and he was garlanded by Field-Marshal Thanom on his arrival.
Cambodia and Thailand severed relations nine years ago over a border dispute when Prince Norodom Sihanouk was the Cambodian Head of State. Relations were restored on May 13, nearly two months after the Prince was deposed.
Major Lon Nol - the Cambodian Prime Minister's brother- who arrived earlier, said that Cambodia wanted Thai troops to take over the defense of certain areas along their common frontier, including Battambang and Siam Reap.
After the talks, which lasted over four-and-a-half hours, the Thai Foreign Minister Thanak Khoma said that his country has promised to give Cambodia all possible military aid but that no written agreement has been signed. Mr Thanat added that the Thai Prime Minister made it clear to General Lon Nol that Thailand had no intention of forming any military alliance with neighbouring Indo-Chinese States as such pacts were considered impractical.